Ollie Seay, Ph.D., Texas State University
AAIDD Texas Chapter Convention Committee Chair
We’ve done it again! Had a fabulous convention, that is! San Antonio is always a fun place to visit, but it’s even better when you can get in some educational and networking activities. This year, we had a total of 219 in attendance for the full convention, and 29 attendees at our Pre-Convention Workshops on Ethics and Aging. Our keynote speaker, Archer Hadley, stole the show and offered great inspiration to all in attendance with his genuineness, heartfelt dedication, and humor. There were 32 breakout sessions that offered a broad range of topics of interest including person centered approaches, behavioral interventions, billing issues, forensic services, historical issues, cultural competency, and autism to name but a few. There was a panel of state leaders that helped inform us of upcoming issues. We were happy to see many consumers and families attending through sponsorship of the Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities stipends.
If you wandered into the exhibit hall, you saw that we had 9 exhibitors, some of which were new to us. At, the awards luncheon, we recognized the people below:
President’s Award – Esperanza Bryan
Helen G. FitzSimmons Leadership Award – Lisa Shelby
Knowledge Award for Excellence in Education or Research – David Seaton
Support Award for Excellence in the Provision of Direct Supports – The Patterson Family
Empowerment Award for Excellence in Promotion of Self-Advocacy – Archer Hadley
Student Award for Excellence in Knowledge, Support or Empowerment – Bobbi Hutson
I would like to personally thank the AAIDD Texas Chapter Convention Committee for all their hard work in making this convention a success. They are the heart and soul of our organization. Their names are listed below. Our organization would not work without our Event Coordinator, Pat Holder, and I want to especially let her know how appreciated she is. I further want to recognize our 16 sponsors who helped us accomplish our goals for the convention. Finally, I want to thank our attendees for their interest and support of AAIDD Texas Chapter.
I look forward to another fine convention next year in Houston! See you there!
Ollie, Seay, Ph.D., Chair
Texas State University – San Marcos
Connie Cisneros, Chair
Chair, Local Arrangements/
Tropical Texas Behavioral Health
Awards/Nominations, Consumer Stipends/
MHMRA of Harris County
Pat Craig, Ph.D.
Chair, Consumer Stipends
MHMRA of Brazos Valley
Center for Life Resources
Andy Griffin, Ph.D.
Charlotte Kimmel, Ph.D.
Consumer Stipends/Silent Auction
Chair, Silent Auction/Local Arrangements
Local Arrangements/Silent Auction
Kenmar Residential Services
Austin Travis County Integral Care
Chair, Local Arrangements
Center for Life Resources
Bluebonnet Trails Community Services
Daybreak Community Services